Wawasayg Festival & Zakide Collective

Celebrating National Canadian Film Day with a collection of four Canadian film screenings — including a Q&A with the directors of The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open.

About the Films

Q&A with directors Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

Two Indigenous women from vastly different backgrounds find their worlds colliding on an East Vancouver sidewalk when domestic violence forces one of them, a pregnant teen named Rosie (Violet Nelson), to flee her home. Àila (Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers) swiftly offers her shelter, and as their intimate yet challenging encounter develops, the women weave a fragile bond, and must face their own unique struggles with the complexities of motherhood, class, and colonialism.

James vs. His Future Self

James (Jonas Chernick), a brilliant and obsessed particle physicist, is on the brink of inventing time travel. However, as he works nonstop on his obsession, he has neglected the only two people who care about him: his best friend and crush Courtney (Cleopatra Coleman), and his sister Meredith (Tommie-Amber Pirie).

Jimmy (Daniel Stern), the future, time-travelling version of James, returns to the present time. Angry, cynical and driven by regret and loss, he wants to right the wrongs of his life. He tries to convince his younger self to give up on time travel and stop and smell the roses. Or else.

Strange Brew

A Canadian comedy classic, Strange Brew follows lovable hosers Bob and Doug Mackenzie (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, respectively) on an epic adventure filled with beer, doughnuts and hockey (not necessarily in that order). When her father dies suddenly, Pam (Lynne Griffin) is orphaned, and control of her family’s brewery threatens to fall into the hands of the conniving Brewmeister Smith (Max von Sydow).

In stumble Bob and Doug, who land jobs as beer inspectors when their scheme involving a mouse in a bottle impresses the brewery brass. Hilarity ensues as the boys attempt to foil the Brewmeister’s sinister plot to take over the world. Though the film appears at first glance to be a bonehead comedy, it is a deceptively clever farce based on William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Long before Wayne and Garth or Beavis and Butthead, there was Bob and Doug. Canada is proud to call them our own.

Anvil: The Story of Anvil

Anvil is a heavy metal band from Canada, formed in 1978. The members of the band are Steve “Lips” Kudlow as the vocal and guitar player, Robb Reiner on drums and Chris Robertson on bass and back vocals. Anvil influenced one of greatest metal bands of all time including Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth, with their 15 studio albums over the years.

This film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2008, receiving numerous positive reviews, with the Times calling it “possibly the greatest film yet made about rock and roll”.